Affiliate Click Pal – It’s a Monster

Offer Closed


Today Friday 30th December at 6.00pm I’m running a final pre-release sale for Affiliate Click Pal (ACP).

Yes I know some people reading this thought they’d never see the day, but ACP is finally done.  (Those people who purchased in the pre-order sale several months ago will now be able to go back to their download page later today and grab the first release version of the completed script.)

It’s a monster.

What started off as a fairly small but entirely useful *little* script that allowed you to unify all your sites through a single ClickBank account is now a HUGE MONSTER of a script that incorporates all sorts of related things.


It now has secure digital delivery – that wasn’t in the original plan.

It now creates secure order buttons for you – that wasn’t in the plan.

It has a built in autoresponder and broadcast mailer for both customers AND affiliates – that wasn’t in the plan.

It has built in integration with ImnicaMail, Aweber and Mailchimp – that wasn’t in the plan.

It now unifies multiple ClickBank accounts – that wasn’t in the plan.

It gives you full control over affiliates and their percentage commission via the use of multiple ClickBank accounts – that wasn’t in the plan.

It now uses secure download templates like SmartDD – that wasn’t in the plan.

Or you can optionally redirect buyers to a URL – that wasn’t in the plan.

It has a multi-level of granularity of control over both saleable items and affiliates – that wasn’t in the plan.

And there’s other stuff too.

I now look at this whole project and and I’ll openly say that my handling of it was one of the dumbest things I’ve ever done.  What I *should* have done is released the very small script that I originally promised and then built on it from there.

But what happened was I got the first small release version back and spotted a couple of minor issues with it, and then asked if we could just have this “one little thing” added to it…

And then this became a cycle for the next few weeks and eventually months.

The dang thing just got way bigger than I expected it to and I let it all get out of control.

I’m really sorry if you’re one of the people that bought this on pre-order expecting to get it a couple of weeks afterwards – I’ve apologised individually to people who’ve asked about it.

The good news is I’m *much* happier releasing this as it stands now than the original script I envisaged.  In fact the original script was planned to be very much like Easy Click Mate only better and at half the price.

Now it’s a much more well-endowed script that does some pretty cool stuff.

For example, just taking one of the key points from above.  Originally it was intended for you to be able to unify sales of multiple products across multiple sites through a single ClickBank account.  That alone would save you a small fortune in opening vendor accounts with ClickBank as you can now use the full 500 products available to an account but spread across lots of different sites.  Woohoo!

But then I realised that this meant that everything you sold would be at the same commission rate as it can only be done at the vendor account level.  What if you had some products you wanted to apply a 50% commission to, and others a 60% or 75% commission?  With ClickBank you can’t normally do that, so if you wanted to pay JV partners or super affiliates a higher rate of commission as a reward for promoting for you, it was impossible to do.

Until now.

Now you can open a second vendor account with ClickBank and set a different commission rate.  Then in ACP you specify that the item you’re selling should be linked to that vendor account instead and it all gets handled automatically.  You can also flip individual affiliates (or groups) between different commission rates any time you want to without them having to change their affiliate links.  😉

Today at 6.00pm GMT (1.00pm EST), I’m running a final end-of-year sale and making ACP available for just $17.

There’s no doubt in my mind that this is a $97 product given the development time and effort that’s gone into it.  If you don’t get it today, then in the new year it will go on sale for a month at $27 during the launch period, then $47 and finally $97.

Now’s your chance to get it at a massive discount at only $17.

-Frank Haywood

P.S.  In case you’re wondering, it’s NOT a WordPress plugin it’s a standalone script and so will need a touch more work to install as you have to create a database for it first.  It’s not hard to do (5 minutes or less) and well worth the little bit of one-off effort needed to centralise all your sales.

Posted by Frank Haywood in internet business, software

The Power Of Price Comparisons

Two weeks ago, my wife put up a niche web site showing a number of comparative products within that niche.

She used the automated Vendiva Price Comparison Service to show regularly updated prices for a number of different merchants, and she also put links to Amazon and highlighted that they offer free delivery too. It’s a fact that in most cases Amazon offer the lowest price and in any case anything over £5.00 is now free delivery.

She spent at most 3 part-time days working on the site, probably about 15-18 hours in total – “if that” she’s just said to me.

Last night we sat down to check traffic to our sites and saw that the site she built 2 weeks ago had received a jump in traffic and received 18 unique visitors yesterday. More importantly, 2 of them had used links that took them to Amazon.

She checked Amazon this morning and saw that one of those visitors had ordered the item that they had searched for and found on her site, earning her approximately £13.12 ($18.70). She won’t know the exact amount until Amazon dispatch it and it turns into earnings in her affiliate panel.

I think that’s probably a lot more than most people earn with AdSense every month…

The wonderful thing about all this is that other than add more products to the site – which she’ll do when she finds a few moments each day (and which will generate even more traffic) – she won’t have to do anything with the existing products that are on there. People will continue to find the site using the same search terms they’ve done over the last few days.

As traffic to the site increases, so will her earnings. All passively. All done on autopilot.

We put the conversion solely down to the fact that she shows a range of prices and merchants for each product she’s promoting.

All prices are clickable and take the visitors through to the merchant site using her cloaked affiliate link.

All prices are auto-updated several times a day using direct feeds from the affiliate networks.

This is a dynamite method of instantly gaining your visitors trust. And more importantly from your point of view, their gratitude.

After all, you’ve just saved them a lot of searching around for the best price available, and if they click the links through to the merchants sites they can see for themselves that the prices are accurate and up to date.

Getting the traffic is easy enough, getting people to click your affiliate links is harder.

You can make it much easier using the same methods as my wife does.

Here’s a picture of the gradual increase in traffic over the last few days. My wife has done nothing to promote the site other than create it and give it a backlink from two other sites to get it indexed naturally which we think helps. (Ignore todays traffic of 2 visitors as it was still quite early when I took that snapshot.)


You can do exactly the same thing as she is. What are you waiting for?

-Frank Haywood

Posted by Frank Haywood in internet business

10 Tips To Get People To Promote For You

Just recently, I’ve had someone contact me about promoting their new ebook. I was impressed with something they’d done earlier this year as it was new and unique and quite a good read too. Something I was happy to let other people know about.

As far as I can tell, the new ebook is more of the same – ie it’s the same subject with more detail in it. And it’s more expensive. My curiousity was satisfied with the first product, and I don’t intend to buy more of the same as my existing knowledge together with what was in the first book enables me to fill in any gaps. Or so I believe.

That person has contacted me in no less than 3 different ways. And not ONCE was I offered a copy of their new ebook for review. And until I have read it I won’t promote it.

I could be doing them an extreme disservice here, but it just seems to me to be a case of them wanting me to either promote site unseen, or buy it myself. Well, like I said, from the sales letter it just seems to be more of the same, so it’s very unlikely I’d be interested in it. I may be wrong.

In complete contrast, I was sent an email two days ago by another person who I’ve promoted for before. They have quite an interesting product, something I’m definitely sure lots of people would want to know about (based on feedback I’ve had).

That person sent me a link to download it so that I can review it. They know I might say no because I have plans of my own in that area, and I’ve explained that to them. But I also think that I could work in that product too, as complementary to what I’ll be doing.

So I’ll be downloading it shortly and taking a look. If it’s appropriate, I’ll let you know. (That person is on my mailing list so they’ll be reading this, hopefully with a smile.)

The point I’m trying to make here is if you want something, then you have to give first. I’ve talked about the WIIFM (What’s In It For Me) before – you always have to look at what you believe the other person wants, and take care of that need.

You have much more chance of getting somebody to do something you want them to do then. It’s a basic emotional principle.

Here’s something else that I know some people might find strange. I’ve promoted products for no better reason than I like them. I’ve not taken my “cut” I’ve just said they were worth buying.

Sure you might find what looks like a cloaked link, but that’s just me click tracking to see what learning I can get from it. You know the kind of thing, I want to know are people as interested in something like this as I am? Or am I completely on the wrong track?

Lesson: If you want affiliates and JV partners to promote for you, there are some simple but very effective ways of achieving it. Sure, they might take a little extra time, but it’s well worth the effort if you get that all important partner in your niche to promote for you isn’t it?

But the first thing to bear in mind is, even though you do everything right, they still might say no, for any number of reasons. Don’t get hung up about it.

One of my mentors (Tom Beal, a great guy – my wife’s met him and likes him, so I know I’m right about that) has a very cool saying:-

Some will. Some won’t. So what? Next!

How To Get People To Promote For You

1 – Make It Easy For Them

If you make your potential affiliates or JV partners jump through hoops to promote for you, you’re dramatically decreasing your chances of them doing it.

Think about it.

They’re very busy people. Even if they *want* to promote your product, there’s only so much attention they can give you and it.

If it’s too hard, they won’t bother. Example: Just recently I joined a giveaway which may well be my last. I spent several hours having to fiddle around with stupid stuff that shouldn’t have been an issue, and I had to send emails to get them to explain what they meant by certain wording.

I stuck it out, and finally got my product approved on their site. It should have taken me 30 minutes, no longer.

2 – Don’t Turn Your Affiliates Off

Another example: I saw something that I was quite interested in and that I thought would be a good thing to do. Again, because it wasn’t clear on the site what I had to do, I sent a nice email to the owner. I received a very terse email back saying “sign up here”…

Hmm, okay. So I signed up. Once I’d signed up I was directed to a page that was stunning in it’s “turn off” qualities. Paragraph after paragraph of being told they only dealt with people who met certain criteria (list size, expected number of promotions etc.) and that I may be rejected. Well that did the trick for me.

I was out of there!

What was the site owner thinking of? How many potential affiliates and sales had they lost because of their elitist attitude?

Don’t ever make this same mistake, no matter how special you think your product might be. 😉

3 – Be Flexible

Be prepared to offer things like 3-day or 7-day “specials”, or even in some cases your potential partner may ask if they can waive their commission in return for a further discount for their list members. Don’t turn them down if they ask for this, just make sure it happens somehow, even if it’s not in your normal site flow.

Make exceptions for those that ask. Even if you do a lot of work for them to set something up and they then don’t promote after all, you can re-use what you’ve done for someone else.

4 – Set Up A Wide Range Of Promotional Tools

This is almost part of #1, but deserves a mention all of its own.

Because people like to promote in different ways, make sure you have lots of different pre-done ads they can use. And make sure they can just copy and paste the relevant ad code and that if possible it also includes their affiliate ID. There are scripts that can do this for you.

Your pre-done ads should include (but not be limited to) email ads, text ads for forums and email signatures, Google ads, banners and other promotional graphics.

Again, make it as easy as possible.

5 – Offer Them Your Product Up Front

You’re approaching them remember? You Have To Give In Order To Receive. Don’t ever forget that.

Give them your product with no expectations. It doesn’t cost you anything unless it’s a physical product, and even then it’s only going to be a few dollars in shipping usually.

So give them your product without expectation. Make your email copy compelling so that they click through to take a look at your JV page. Then make your JV copy short and to the point, preferably with a 2 minute explanatory video. If they like, they’ll get back to you.

6 – Play At Your Own Level

The biggest mistake newcomers can make is to approach someone well known. How many people do you think do that every day? The larger marketers will only deal with people they’ve met, so unless you’ve gone to a seminar somewhere and struck up a friendship with them (and made them remember you), there’s zero chance of them even responding.

Find marketers or product owners at your own level. As you become better known, then it’s likely that they will too. Especially if you help each other.

If you’re pulling in customers from several different sources, and then sending them off to several other product owners, and they’re doing the same, YOU ALL WIN. I’ll write more about this another time.

7 – Don’t Ask Them To Ring You

It ain’t gonna happen. They’re way to busy to get involved with every time-sucking leech that only wants something from them. If you’re lucky and they’re in a good mood, they might write back explaining they don’t hand their number out to everybody that asks for it.

Some will have a phone number on their site. The chances are it won’t be them you get to talk to.

If, against this advice, you do decide to write to someone asking them to ring you, at the very least explain what it is you want to talk to them about. With details.

I regularly receive requests from people to “discuss a possible JV” with no details whatsoever. If I’m very busy, I don’t reply. I’m not being rude. Okay, I AM being rude, but when I have a lot on my plate, the last thing I want is distractions.

I usually have a lot on my plate, and I’m not alone in this.

If the distraction contains detailed information, then I at least feel the obligation to spend 10 minutes checking it out and writing a reply.

8 – Be As Personal As Possible

If there’s someone you really want on board, then make them a short and personal video (2-3 minutes) of you talking to them. This is incredibly powerful.

Even though the words themselves might be the same words you use for everyone else you do a video for, and you’re reading from a teleprompter, or have the script memorised, it doesn’t matter. The simple act of introducing the video with a direct “Hey! I’ve made this video for you John Smith. Yes you, John!” etc. really makes people sit up and take notice.1

If you received a video like this and the person sending it was friendly, personable and funny, wouldn’t you feel like you knew them? Wouldn’t you want to help a friend?

So in some cases (all if you have time), at least make a personalised page for them to sign up on, that refers to them by name.

Don’t over hype, respect people’s intelligence. (You should always do this anyway.)

9 – Remind Your JV Partner Or Affiliate

Once you have an agreement from them, remind them of it. Again, they’re just as busy as you are, and they might forget to do anything for you. If they say “yes, but not for a couple of weeks”, wait 12 days and then send them an email.

You’ll probably get “Oh dude, I forgot, I’ve been SO busy, I’ll sort something out for you this evening.”

10 – Don’t Let It Get You Down

Above all, if someone doesn’t promote for you, don’t get despondent. It doesn’t mean anything other than it wasn’t for them or they’re too busy, or they have their own plans in that area.

It’s not because they have anything against you. Usually.


When all is said and done:-

“Some will. Some won’t. So what? Next!”

Posted by Frank Haywood in internet business